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Thanksgiving Mourning
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Thanksgiving Mourning


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Grade Level Grades 6-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan

About This Lesson

Much of the Thanksgiving story focuses on a peaceful, cross-cultural exchange between the "Pilgrims and Indians." While it's true that the Wampanoag and the Planters shared in a harvest celebration, within fifty years, the Wampanoag would no longer be a free people. For some Native Americans, Thanksgiving is no cause for celebration, but rather serves as a reminder of colonization's devastating impact on indigenous peoples. In this activity, students will explore the perspectives of two Native American authors about the meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday and then write journal entries.




Lesson Plan
February 10, 2020
43 KB
5 Reviews
While this comment is old it is still worth noting that the students in your class must feel deeply sad to be constantly burdened with your racism leaching into your teaching. I am sure that you voted for Trump as you were two years in front of his hateful, ethnocentric, xenophobic, bigoted, corrupt run to the Presidency. I can only hope that your retirement party was about 5 years ago so that the damage done to students and to our profession has been mitigated.
November 24, 2020
Great resource!
July 29, 2015
Thanks for your comment, Mayomary. The Share My Lesson team always welcomes all input on resources featured on the site. At Share My Lesson, our goal is to provide educators as many resources as possible to teach a variety of grades, subjects and topics. Thismeans that, sometimes, lessons may have a point of view that some users may deem controversial. We have many lessons on Thanksgiving and American Indian Heritage Month, and teachers have a choice to download lessons they feel meets their needs. We hope that you’ll find something, both as an educator and parent, that will be useful for you. --The Share My Lesson Team
November 14, 2014
I would give this a zero except the rating system only starts at one. I am a teacher and a parent. If my child came home having been taught such politically correct revisionist nonsense I'd go straight to the principal. This is an outrageous attack on the pilgrims and by extension the founding fathers. Were our forebears perfect? No, but neither were the Indians. I should know as my anestors were scalped in an Indian attack. So stop the nonsense and let's get back to the importance of the holiday and that is that the pilgrims were persecuted and came here for religious freedom. Some Indians were peaceful and some were war-like. I have read about various Commanche attacks on the whites including their stealing of girls for wives and massacres that makes Isis look a bunch of wimps in comparison. So let's get some perspective and stop the revisionist white man always wrong always bad teaching. It's nauseating. November is American Indian Heritage month? Nice way to take the spotlight off the pilgrims. That surely cannot be an accident. Nice attack on our founders.
November 12, 2014
Good resource. Nice to see another perspective about this holiday.
February 09, 2014